Gunnar, waiting to say his lines.
Not perfect... oh no, not perfect. It had all the usual imperfections. Kids that weren't quite sure when to enter or exit, a little angel that appeared to want to remove her costume, someone saying his line too soon and being loudly SHUSHED by another little boy, and the requisite preschooler picking his nose, in the front row.
But it was just right.
The story is familiar. We could say the words by heart, from the first and second chapter of Luke.
Mary. Joseph. Baby Jesus. Shepherds. Angels.
Wyatt, announcing the census, ordered by Caesar Augustus
In the typical fashion of our little church, there was no "overcooked ham" in this show. No auditions or weeks of lengthy rehearsals. The kids brought home their verses after Thanksgiving, had two Sunday mornings to practice, were costumed in bathrobes and tinsel, and nobody got stressed out about it. All the kids participated, from preschool to high school - about 40. They sang carols, and in case they didn't remember all the words, two of the college students - brothers - manned the overhead, projecting the words on the back wall of the chapel.
Tate, "Glory to God in the highest!"
I love the way everyone participates. In the past, my boys - not interested in being 'stars' - were content to be spectators. But here, everyone participates.
If there was any possible ham in the show, it was Gunnar. He informed me before the program that he got to be the "lead angel", signified by more tinsel on his costume. I think he was chosen for this because the other angels were all very shy little girls. But he had another secret...
As someone recited, "An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them...."
Gunnar, in all his glowing glory!
... he flicked the switch.
Love it :0)